Oberon musician Chloe Swannell will take the stage on New Year's Eve as part of a Bathurst Regional Council initiative to help the community see out 2020 at local pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Swannell, one of the region's seasoned country music talents, will perform at B-Town BBQ from 6pm until 9pm, and will be joined by a talented band in lead guitarist Tarquin Halls, bassist Izzy Fulton and drummer Michael Porter.
In what has been a challenging year for the live music sector, Swannell said she's looking forward to helping revelers bring in the new year.
"I'll be performing a series of covers as well a couple of originals, so I'm looking forward to it," she said.
Swannell has recorded nine originals already, and hopes to put them towards a debut album in the near future.
"It's always a challenge to fit recording in around work and other commitments, but I hope to get the album out as soon as possible," she said.
"The album will definitely have that classic country sound, with ballads and rock elements thrown in for good measure."
Swannell has stayed busy musically throughout 2020 through weekend gigs outside the lockdown period and her involvement in The Ozy Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service, a choir bring music and history together to recognise the importance of recognising veterans.
"The choir has given me the opportunity to perform at venues such as NSW Parliament House and for the likes of the Consul-General of France in Sydney," she said.
"I've performed at the Anzac Day ceremony in Oberon ever since I was 18, and I first found out about the Ozy Youth Choir through Bill Wilcox, a local Vietnam veteran who was part of a daring minefield rescue mission in 1969 that inspired the Redgum song 'I Was Only 19'."
"The Oberon branch of the choir has helped children gain a greater perspective of why it's important to honour and respect servicemen and women, as well as providing an avenue for young people to express themselves through music."
For more information on council's New Year's Eve live entertainment lineup, visit the Bathurst Regional Council Events Facebook page, where each performance will be live streamed.